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MetroHealth and Discount Drug Mart Expand Partnership

An expanded partnership between The MetroHealth System and Discount Drug Mart stores across Ohio will offer unprecedented and immediate access to superb health care services from clinics inside more Discount Drug Mart stores.

The new agreement between MetroHealth and Ohio-based Discount Drug Mart will significantly expand the number of MetroHealth-operated health care clinics inside Discount Drug Mart stores throughout the state. Currently, there are MetroHealth clinics at four Discount Drug Mart stores in Parma Heights, North Royalton, Independence and Olmsted Falls. That number will substantially grow beginning next year.

“Our customers will soon see a significant increase in the number of retail health clinics operating in Discount Drug Mart, meaning Ohioans can get immediate access to select health care needs by professionals from The MetroHealth System. These clinics will offer people consistent, convenient health care and outstanding pharmacy services all under one roof,” says Doug Boodjeh, President, COO, Discount Drug Mart.

This partnership will allow MetroHealth to serve more people, closer to their homes and at lower cost. “We are delighted to expand our partnership with Discount Drug Mart. Our organizations are both committed to transforming and improving the value of medical care by expanding access to more convenient, less expensive care. When quality, cost and convenience are no longer a barrier, we will help our communities become healthier,” says MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD.

The new clinics will be staffed by advanced practice providers – such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants – working in collaboration with primary care physicians. They will provide an array of immediate services, such as treatment for common illnesses including:

  • Sports physicals
  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Strep throat testing and treatment
  • Pink eye
  • Poison ivy
  • Allergies
  • Cold sores
  • Cough
  • Sore throat

Eventually, telemedicine services will be available at select locations. The new locations will be announced in the first quarter of this year.

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building and the 25 acres of green space around it are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.

MetroHealth broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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About Discount Drug Mart

Discount Drug Mart marks its 50th year in Ohio with 76 stores in 20 Ohio counties. The first store was opened in 1969 in Elyria by the late visionary, Parviz Boodjeh who combined pharmacy needs with retail - a brand new idea back then. Discount Drug Mart continues to be a trusted pharmacy with a dedicated team committed to quality health care in the communities they serve. Discount Drug Mart is an employee-owned company and is headquartered in Medina.